Rumor has surfaced on the internet over the past day that Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford athlete LaMarcus Bond may have ended his recruitment by committing to Virginia Tech. Rivals talked to Hertford County head coach Greg Watford to find out what's going on with his three-star prospect.
"I had lunch with LaMarcus today and he made no mention of the rumor at all. I have not heard anything and certainly nothing since last night," he said. "I don't think that is the case, but I could be wrong. He still seems pretty wide open to me, although I know Tech has always been one of his favorites.
"I believe he's looking at his top five which includes Virginia Tech, Virginia, East Carolina, North Carolina State and Miami. Miami has offered too."
Surprisingly Bond wasn't selected to the Shrine Bowl after accounting for 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
"I still believe that he's the best guy in America with the ball in his hands," he said. "We obviously wanted to win the state championship, but we drew the potential state champion and lost. I know LaMarcus is disappointed, but he did his job and never left the field. He was even involved on kickoffs and punts."
The No. 9 player in North Carolina bulked up this year to 185-pounds. What else did Bond improve on this year?
"He really picked it up on the defensive side of the ball," he said. "He has a real physical nature about him and is a lockdown corner. I couldn't believe teams were still throwing in his direction because he kept picking them off. One other thing I was really impressed with was his patience on returns, by the end of the year people would just kick it out of bounds and take the penalty."
Now the North Carolina prospect is the starting point guard for Hertford County.
"I'm waiting to see him in basketball this year," Watford said. "He is like a little Iverson out there for another potential state championship team."